Tuesday, October 17, 2006

After the interview...

I didn't realize that I haven't touched my blog for three months! My last entry was after the World Cup game when Zidane got ejected! Now it seems it happened ages ago! (And now I don't even watch soccer anymore.... not cable TV and no money)

I guess today was a bad day in a way because I didn't do much... well I knew what was going on and I attributed to the interview that I had this morning. Originally I thought the phone would arrive at 11 but after 11 passed there was no ring and I started to dread! At that time I realized that I confused the timezone: Pacific Time = 3 + Eastern Time!

So I spent the rest of the hour learning computer graphics (just wanna brush up my algorithms a bit) and then the phone call came. It didn't last as it originally said it would... only 30 min. After that I had several relevations:

1. I didn't actually work on my research project much in the last months and it made me look stupid when I didn't know what to say.

2. I wasn't too prepared so when he asked me about why I wanted to work at that place I would only give some vague answers (i.e. I wasn't very determined)

Well another interesting question that he asked was about computing 1) anagram 2) if two strings contain the same characters. Originally I had a O(n^2) answer but luckily I thought of a O(n) answer. I asked Kelvin the same question and his answer wasn't as good but still O(n)! (hahaha....) So all the CS minds who still read the blog can submit me an answer.

So... going to the second test is probably a remote dream now :'( Luckily I will have some more interview chances later. At least this one gives me a taste of what to expect!

After that, the rest of the day didn't pass so well because I was struggling with J2EE and JayFX. I finally converted JayFX to use Generics (which wasn't that technically challenging) but haven't tested it yet. The hard part will come from a throughout testing...

After dinner with Kelvin I went home and tried to organize my life again by listing some priority. I was cleaning up my McGill Outlook too and discovered an obscure link that took me to Micheal Ernst and his students' pages at MIT. I was checking out their sites and noticed a big gap between me and them.

The big gap: they blog!!! And they don't make stupid blogs but technical blogs! Me??? I only watch Doraemon from youtube nowadays.

Surprising? But it tells you that if you are passionate about technology you would be using it! Me? Haha....what would a person as lazy as me do anything? But if you read Steve Yegge he also has some good reasons why one should blog.

Without being more and more self-disparaging I decided to pick up on blog again. Of course I'm still a bit far from being able to write technical blog but I will add bits and pieces of that here :)

Here I come!

1 comment:

enfant de lune said...

Hey Isaac! I can't believe you finally updated your blog! I was starting to feel like the only person who still "blogs" (albeit, not with intelligence, just mindless drivel)

Anyway, I look forward to reading your posts... hope you get that job :) When I saw that question, I had a flashback of Bioin301... would a switch statement work?...hahaha